Serving: 0-6, 6-12
Meg Piana, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist who obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Marymount College, Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from Columbia University, Certificate of Advanced Graduate degree in Counselor Education from Boston University and PhD degree in Counseling and Combined Educational Psychology from Northeastern University. Before joining The Counseling Center, Dr. Piana worked as a Child Psychologist at Riverbed Community Mental Health Center in Franklin, NH and South Shore Mental Health Center in Quincy, MA. Dr. Piana had a private practice in counseling for 15 years in Bedford, NH as Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor before going back to pursue her doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Piana also worked as an educational consultant and evaluator for the Conval School District in Peterborough, NH for 10 years after earning her certification as a NH Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning. Previously, she worked as an Associate Psychologist for the State of NH for the Visually Disabled Program and was a special education teacher in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Dr. Piana has had extensive training and experience in treating children/adolescents with complex trauma, specifically implementing evidence-based practices such as Child Parent Psychotherapy (children ages 0-6), Trauma-Focused CBT and the Attachment Regulation and Competency trauma-informed treatment. Dr. Piana specializes in children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Disorders in addition to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Piana had training in the evidence-based practice, Behavioral and Affective Skills in Coping, which specifically targets children and adolescents with Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiance, and/or Conduct Disorders. While working for a NH public school district as an evaluator, Dr. Piana assessed children who were referred for evaluations to determine if they met criteria for educational disabilities and Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). Thus, she is very familiar with working with the school systems regarding supporting parents with obtaining educational supports for their children and navigating the evaluation referral process.
Dr. Piana has also worked with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, Adult Child of Alcoholic exposures and trauma.
While working in community mental health, Dr. Piana provided supervision and training for APA approved psychology intern programs supervising pre- and post-doctoral candidates for psychologists.